A great nephew of John Coltrane and cousin to Ravi Coltrane, LA's Flying Lotus features left-of-the-dial instrumental tracks: strange, pretty sounds laid over dance beats - though you probably wouldn't dance to this. listen
Bad girls from Southern California sing jangly four on the floor pop that draws from 60s garage rock. Leader Dee Dee Penny made a short,trippy film with Bret Easton Ellis.
The singer of hard-riding '90s Matadorians Come hasn't lost her signature growl, nor her unadulterated punk come-on. She's prolific and a magnetic performer - and definitely one of the biggest things to come out of Boston (and come back) in the last 25 years.
The Vancouver supergroup is led by AC Newman, but busts out at the seams with talent like Neko Case and Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer). The frantic, metronomic tempo of their earlier albums have given way to a looser, slower and more colorful sound since their 2007 LP "Challengers."
Peter Hook was the bassist for Joy Division, and, after Ian Curtis' death, New Order. And yep, he can sing. Here he is singing for New Order live in NYC in 1982.
Sheperdess' 90's-drenched indie rock songs sound ready to break the frak out of Boston. Tourfilter favorite track: Green Seat!
Since the moody fog of Radiohead cleared, the new generation of electronic/rock/psychedlic acts favors a brighter palatte with more minimal strokes, and a clearer path to the dancefloor. None typify this more than Caribou (formerly Manitoba), who released their latest, "Swim," earlier this summer.
From the other side of the world comes Boris. Indeed they are the answer to the question: “What happens when you filter western traditions of punk, metal, and industrial through 6,000 miles of airspace and crank it out in a free jazz mode?” Genreless and boundless, this Japanese group is known as much for their dedication to live performance as they are for their masterful analog recordings.
Backed by a swooping organ, Asheville, NC's Reigning Sound are (inspiringly) in love with jangly, soulful singer-songwriters of the past: Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen.
UK DJ/Producer signed to Ninja Tune. Often tours with a live band, playing gorgeous lounge-y downtempo techno with echos of Burial and Album Leaf.
A one-mand band from Boston who layers analog and digital together to create gorgeous, gentle-sounding improvised compositions. Echoes of Tortoise and, often, Fripp and Eno.